Sherdukpen language

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Region Assam, Arunachal Pradesh
Ethnicity Sherdukpen people
Native speakers
3,100 (2001)[1]
Possibly Sino-Tibetan
  • Shergaon
  • Rupa
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sdp
Glottolog sher1257[2]

Sherdukpen (autonym: Mey) is a small language of India. It is one of the Kho-Bwa languages.[3] There are two distinct varieties, Mey of Shergaon and Mey of Rupa. The name Sherdukpen comes from the words Shergaon and Tukpen (the Monpa name for Rupa) (Blench & Post 2011:3). The language is known to speakers as Mey nyuk.


Sherdukpen is spoken in Shergaon, southern West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh (Dondrup 1988), located in the Tengapani river valley south of Bomdila.

Ethnologue lists Rupa (Kupa), Shargang (Shergaon), Jigang (Jigaon), and Thungrao villages, located south of Bomdi La Range and Tengapani river valleys in West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh.


  1. ^ Sherdukpen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sherdukpen". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Post, Mark W. and Roger Blench (2011). "Siangic: A new language phylum in North East India", 6th International Conference of the North East India Linguistics Society, Tezpur University, Assam, India, Jan 31 – Feb 2
  • Dondrup, Rinchin. 1988. A handbook on Sherdukpen language. Itanagar: Directorate of Research, Arunachal Pradesh Government.